Turned my 4am life struggle encouragement motto (from Ben Howard’s “Keep Your Head Up”) into a pretty image.
I realized I really like taking pictures through windows when using a digital camera because it’s kind of like a double exposure. This is a picture that I feel like accurately represents my experience at MIT. It’s a mess and there’s so much stuff I have yet to figure out, but at the end of the day, it’s pretty incredible that I’m here in the first place. I hope I can keep that in mind as this semester picks up.
On an unrelated note, I finally tested my Land 450. It’s beautiful. This was the first shot.
I just want to take this camera everywhere now even though I will look like a fool/hipster. The results are just so beautiful. And I’m really glad it works!!
Yeah, I got a Land… Sigh. Someone stop me from buying cameras?!
Anyway, I wasn’t sure if it worked but it seems fully functional so far. I removed the timer back so it doesn’t get in the way of the Fuji film packs. The shutter seems responsive with the battery I put in. I’m planning on converting it to AAA’s after this one dies because these batteries are extremely expensive, but I wanted to make sure it worked first. Cannot wait for some test shots with this transformer thing.
The Leica CL was a camera that I tried very hard to love. I bought it almost 5 years ago now at a camera shop in Hong Kong. I fell in love with it on the spot. It was built like a tank and felt perfect in my hands. I shot a few rolls with it, but something about it felt off. I never got attached to it, and I never reached for it when I chose a camera to shoot. The people at the shop had told me that the light meter was functional with a battery, but it turned out not to be. Anyway, long story short, the camera didn’t work for the purpose I needed, and a few years later I went back and traded it in and bought a Contax G1.
I didn’t use it for a really long time. I’m not quite sure why, actually. Maybe because it’s shiny and gold. It had been sitting in my camera drawer for almost a year before I pulled it out and started shooting with it recently. And I love it. It’s fast, decently quiet…the lens is amazing. It’s definitely built to last. I pretty much use it as a point and shoot. At home, it’s become the camera that I carry with me when I don’t want to shoot digital (I carry an Olympus XA at school). Unfortunately, I don’t have any good shots from it to show off quite yet (haven’t developed the recent rolls), but I trust I will soon.